Study Suggests Thinking About Money Causes Immoral Behavior

thinking about moneyEven thinking about money causes immoral behavior? A reminder to keep your thoughts clean via MarketWatch:

People are more likely to lie or make immoral decisions after being exposed to money-related words, according to researchers from Harvard and the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business who published a report last month.

The findings show that “even if we are well intentioned, even if we think we know right from wrong, there may be factors influencing our decisions and behaviors that we’re not aware of.”

The study asked college students studying business to make sentences out of various word clusters before answering questions and playing several games. Some of the phrases contained a financial focus such as “She spends money liberally,” and others that were neutral, such as “She walked on grass.” Researchers found that people who were exposed to the financial phrases lied more often in subsequent activities.

  • Adamas Macalz

    what happens when you have a natural predisposition towards amorality?

    • Shakynavelbones

      You’re lead to disregard social limitations because of your conditioning, perhaps? A great philosopher once said “Morality…is an invention for the middle classes.”

      • rhetorics_killer

        One can assert actually that past a fair amount of money, there is not much law to bind a man.

        • Shakynavelbones

          If money exceeds ‘a fair amount’ then surely those in possession of such an excess are faced with the responsibility of being in a position of power and influence in our communities?

          • rhetorics_killer

            Of course, power and its cohort of wise self-regulations, but you have in mind the ideally-shaped type of development. Actually many are flawed. Either partly, either utterly. Money as a res prima is in itself a distort away the wise way.

  • BuzzCoastin

    monkeys and humans are effected exactly the same way by money

    “But the remarkable thing about the research isn’t that these monkeys have learned to trade objects for food… The amazing part, Chen and Santos discovered, is how closely the economic behavior of these Capuchins mimics that of human beings .. Viewed in the context of the daisy chain of near-disastrous human failings that brought the world to the verge of fiscal collapse over the past few years, monkeynomics is eye-opening stuff.”

    • Shakynavelbones

      Yeah, especially if they’d been thru as much commerce as us!

      >In humans, knowing the price of a costly item makes it more desirable—call it the Château Lafite Effect. Not so for the monkeys.